Where to stay in Naples


Nestled in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, Naples is a vibrant city that offers a blend of historical riches, artistic treasures, and a dose of contemporary Italian life. Whether youโ€™re basking in the bustling ambiance of narrow streets, witnessing the age-old craftsmanship, or indulging in the renowned Neapolitan pizza, Naples has an array of experiences for every traveler. Choosing the right neighborhood for your stay can significantly shape your visit, as each has a unique flavor and charm. This guide aims to give you an honest perspective on what each area offers and its drawbacks, helping you find the perfect spot for your Neapolitan adventure, whether you're here for the food, culture, and history or just to soak in the local way of life.

  • Centro Storico

    • ๐Ÿ›๏ธ historic
    • ๐ŸŽญ cultural
    • ๐Ÿคผ crowded
    • noisy
    • ๐Ÿ™๏ธ central

    Centro Storico is the historic heart of Naples, with ancient streets telling stories from over two millennia. It's brimming with life, historical sites, and some of the best pizza places in the world. The area is perfect for those who wish to immerse themselves in culture and history. However, it's worth noting that Centro Storico can be crowded, noisy, and sometimes overwhelming due to the sheer volume of people, especially during peak tourist season.

    The Quartieri Spagnoli, Santa Lucia and Rione Sanitร  are located within Centro Storico.
  • The Quartieri Spagnoli

    • ๐Ÿ•บ lively
    • authentic
    • ๐Ÿ food
    • street life
    • working class

    The Quartieri Spagnoli, or Spanish Quarters, offer a slice of authentic Naples with its narrow streets and lively atmosphere. Known for being a traditional working-class neighborhood, you'll find street food, small shops, and local artisans here. It is definitely one of the more lively areas after dark, with a robust street life. However, it is renowned for being chaotic and can be perceived as unsafe, especially for those unfamiliar with the Neapolitan way of life.

    The Quartieri Spagnoli is a part of Centro Storico.
  • Santa Lucia

    • picturesque
    • ๐ŸŒŠ waterfront
    • ๐Ÿ™๏ธ central
    • ๐Ÿ’• romantic
    • ๐ŸŒณ serene

    Santa Lucia is a picturesque waterfront area, famous for its views of the Castel dell'Ovo. It's centrally located, with easy access to both the sea and the city's attractions. The atmosphere is that of a serene escape within the city, making it attractive for couples or travelers looking for a romantic setting. However, prices for accommodations here may be higher, and occasionally you might find it too quiet if you're after a vibrant nightlife.

    Santa Lucia is a part of Centro Storico.
  • Chiaia

    • ๐Ÿฅ‚ upscale
    • ๐Ÿ›๏ธ shopping
    • ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ dining
    • ๐Ÿง˜ quiet
    • safe
    • ๐Ÿ‘  elegant

    Chiaia is an upscale area known for its sophisticated shopping, elegant seafront promenade, and chic vibe. Visitors who prefer a polished atmosphere with easy access to high-end boutiques, art galleries, and fine dining may find Chiaia appealing. It is a relatively safe and quiet neighborhood compared to the more bustling parts of Naples. However, its refined character also means higher prices and the nightlife may not be as lively as in other districts.

  • Vomero

    • ๐Ÿ˜๏ธ residential
    • views
    • ๐Ÿง˜ quiet
    • local
    • ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ family-friendly

    Perched atop a hill, Vomero is a residential district offering stunning views over Naples and the bay. It is well-connected by public transport, featuring avenues lined with shops and a more laid-back lifestyle. Vomero is ideal for travelers looking for a quieter, more local experience away from the tourist hustle. That said, the nightlife is not as vibrant, and the area lacks the historical character of the more central neighborhoods.

  • Rione Sanitร 

    • local
    • ๐Ÿ›๏ธ historic
    • ๐ŸŽญ cultural
    • markets
    • authentic

    Rione Sanitร  is an area steeped in history but has struggled with poverty and crime in the past. Today it is undergoing a period of cultural revitalization, attracting visitors with its authentic atmosphere and rich traditions. Expect to be immersed in a setting where real Neapolitans live, with bustling markets and historical sites like the Catacombs of San Gennaro. While the neighborhood offers a deeply local experience, visitors should be aware of potential safety issues, particularly at night.

    Rione Sanitร  is a part of Centro Storico.